A Look Inside the Catalogue: Printed & Manuscript African Americana
On March 29 we will offer Printed & Manuscript African Americana, an array of material that encompasses a wide range of the African-American experience, from letters by Frederick Douglass to his friend and fellow diplomat Ebenezer Bassett, to posters from the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panthers. Highlights include a pair of slippers said to be made by legendary seamstress Elizabeth Keckley in 1865 for cabinet member Gideon Welles to wear at Lincoln’s second inauguration.
Several remarkable lots not previously seen at auction include an 1838 letter by the early African-American abolitionist David Ruggles, attempting to launch a Committee of Vigilance to support the Underground Railroad in Syracuse, NY, and a previously unknown poster for an appearance by Martin Luther King in Paris while on a fundraising tour for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The sale also includes a poignant 1854 letter from Moses Walker, an enslaved Georgia man, to his mother in North Carolina, asking after his brother and discussing the recent birth and death of his son. Important photographs bring the sale to life.